Somaliland pressDecember 29th 2010 · 1962619 CommentsState+of+Kuwait+Funds+Ten+Millions+to+Renovate+Somaliland+Airports2010-12-30+04%3A10%3A16Mo+Guledhttp%3A%2F%2Fsomalilandpress.com%2F%3Fp%3D19626 HARGEISA (SomalilandPress)—
The government of Somaliland and the State of Kuwait have signed an agreement in which Kuwait will fund the renovation and rehabilitation of both Egal International Airport in Hargeisa and Berbera International Airports. Kuwait will fund this project approximately with ten million dollars, with the understanding that they will manage the allocation of the funds.
During a press briefing in his office Aviation Minister Mr. Mohamud Hashi Abdi informed SomalilandPress that “Kuwaiti government will fund the renovating of Hargeisa and Berbera Airports with the exception that Kuwaiti Fund that is owned by the State of Kuwait will manage the allocation of the funds and contracting”. To elaborate further Minister Abdi said “we agreed to this term with Kuwait because we would like to have transparent with all donor funds, rather than say gives us the money, we are saying help us build infrastructure”. When the project is completed Kuwaiti Fund will turn the complete project back to Somaliland government.
After these two projects are completed it is expected to cater for some of the world’s biggest commercial jets and ultimately drive air traffic growth in the region both inbound and outbound. Both Airports are currently hub for passengers traveling between Somaliland and Somali.
This is not the first time that the State of Kuwait has funded projects in Somaliland, earlier this year the Kuwaiti Royal family has funded the upgrading of Sheikh Hospital. The hospital is located in the same city where the Kuwaiti emir has built a modern luxury villa in the outskirt of the city.